• Feb 23rd 2011 at 5:27PM
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Automotive News recently got the chance to sit down with Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller to go over the company's plans for the future, and one of the juiciest tidbits to crop up from the interview came from a discussion on the possibility of a fully-electric Porsche. When asked about a battery-operated sports car, Mueller said that while some estimates say that 20 percent of all vehicles on the road will be electric by 2020, he believes that figure will likely sit closer to three to five percent. He finished up by saying "We are now almost over the initial hype before business really gets started."
However the electric/internal combustion mix plays out in nine years, Mueller said that he believes Porsche will be a player in that market. That means that if 20 percent of the car market is electrified, you can expect 20 percent of Porsche vehicles to be the same.

The interview also touched on everything from a new model above the 911 to future variation on the Panamera. Head over to Automotive News to catch the full piece.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      What a pompous a**, of course this is coming from a premium performance car brand. That type of attitude gets the industry nowhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The guy is just telling the truth. Battery powered cars are not the answer. Only GM with other peoples money, why? The future propulsion systems will not use any of this technology, just like always the market will dictate the product. Hybrid is a stepping stone but battery is a step backwards, just ask the execs at Ford or Honda, Porsche VW Toyota or any non government owned car manufacturer..There is no market, there will be no market for them. No return to stockholders...just treehuggers trying to dictate demand..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike!!ekiM: The fact that you have to recharge batteries will always plague EV's. As long as you have to wait 4 hours to charge, they'll never be the perfect end-all solution. There will always be people that need to travel long distances that simply cannot wait 4 hours to "fill their tank".

        ...I think we should do more research into steam cars. They have 5 times more torque than the equivalent EV, and thus don't require a transmission (some EV's do), and they can run on anything that burns. So we could run them on gasoline and/or diesel for now, and simply switch to whatever fuel we'll use in the future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm driving a hybrid.
        And I will NEVER drive another car that does not have an Electric Motor.
        And I'm talking about the tiny 15hp electric motor in the Insight.
        The 2012 Insight has a Li battery and 5 mpg better gas mileage.

        Electric Motor: Performance - Efficiency. Pick Two.
        Gas Motor: Pick One.

        The batteries will get better and cheaper.
        There's no going back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would so love that 929 to come out, even if i could only drool over it....

      I loved my old 928, it was a great car. "sniff"
      • 4 Years Ago

      The Pancake America is Porsche's worst design disaster to date..yet they want to build more iterations of this humpback-whale car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        People buy it because it's a Porsche. That doesn't make it a good looking car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it sells better than expected, i wouldn't call that a disaster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gas prices , how high before people
      1 drive less
      2 switch to better mpg cars
      3 starting buying hybrids in large quanities
      4 start buying more electrics
      in that order
      • 4 Years Ago
      So says the guy that's exempted from near future US Fuel Economy Standards and wouldn't really care much if he wasn't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        something tells me the hype has just begun on pure electrics... Now what we need is more affordable pure performance electrics... I think we will all live to see a broader porsche electric lineup but at first it will be mostly hybrids... The places we buy oil from are just too dam chaotic to rely on anymore...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd prefer to own a plug-in hybrid Porsche, than a fully electric one...
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